Fiva in dreamland with Idre success
Alex Fiva claimed his first men's ski cross World Cup victory of the season in Sweden while normal service continued in the women's competition as Sandra Naeslund's dominance continued.
Switzerland's Fiva, 31, followed up his podium finish in Innichen, Italy, in December, by topping the rostrum at the Idre Fjall resort in the penultimate event of the season before next month's Olympics in PyeongChang.
Fiva was victorious in the big final, getting the better of countryman Marc Bischofberger – the current ski cross World Cup leader – and France's Jean Frederic Chapuis.
With a second race in Idre to take place tomorrow and a contest in Nakiska, Canada, on January 20, before PyeongChang, Fiva finds himself 17th in the overall freestyle skiing World Cup standings on 34.67, with moguls leader Mikael Kingsbury top of the pile.
Meanwhile, on home snow, Sweden's Naeslund, who took home the Cross Alps Tour title with her triumph in Innichen last time out, racked up her third successive event victory.
The 21-year-old, the reigning ski cross world champion, led the way once again, pipping France's Marielle Berger Sabbatel and Canda's India Sherret in the big final.
Naeslund (86.67) currently enjoys a cushion of more than 16 points at the top of the overall freestyle ski World Cup standings, with Jaelin Kauf (70.00), of the United States, second.